|The Crondall Hoard was found in 1828 in a boggy field in Crondall, England. 18-year-old Charles Lefroy stumbled across what he thought at first were brass buttons. |
Anglo-Saxons began striking coins in what was to become England around 600 CE. These early coins consisted almost entirely of the small gold coins known as 'thrymsas', which were struck in imitation of the Merovingian tremissis. Fewer than 400 thrymsas are known to exist, and 73 of these came from the Crondall Hoard.
|The Hoard dates to no earlier than about 620 and no later than about 650.|
|Circa 620-635. AV Thrymsa. Kent and Essex, Eadbald (616-640). Obverse: Diademed, draped bust right; trident cross. Reverse: Latin cross on a globe within a pelleted inner circle.||The 73 thrymsas show little sign of circulation, an indication that Anglo-Saxon coin production must have been very limited. The most important Crondall coin, and possibly the earliest, is the Eadbald thrymsa. The Eadbald thrymsa is the earliest known coin to name an English king; 50 years would pass before another coin naming an English king would appear. The Crondall Hoard contained one example.|